Jana Mihalikova may be the newest member of the Eastern Eurotours team, but she’s by no means a newcomer to travel or Europe.
Originally from Slovakia, Jana has also called the Czech Republic, Germany, the UK and Greece home before coming to Australia in 2013. Her travels, experience and passion make her well suited to the job.
“I love travelling and exploring new things, and so that’s why I decided to study more about it,” enthuses Jana.
“I’ve studied Hospitality Management in Prague and Melbourne, I have a Diploma of Management in Tourism and after I got an opportunity to work in tourism I realized that this is the field I would love to work in.”
Since that time, she’s worked in tourism for more than ten years across a range of different fields.
Jana’s favourite European destinations reflect how well-travelled she is, and depend upon the time of year she’s there.
“In winter, I love Austria and Switzerland, thanks to the amazing conditions for skiing as I am a passionate skier.”
In spring or autumn, she loves visiting cities with hidden history and beautiful gems to see, like Prague, Paris, Lucerne or hiking in Italian Alps, while in summer, she picks Greece due to its blue skies, water, the food, hospitality and people enjoying life to the full.
When asked what should be on every traveller’s list, she nominates Cesky Krumlov, in the Czech Republic.
“Cesky Krumlov is a very special place, even for Czech people. A very romantic city in the south of the country, with a huge Gothic castle in the middle, beautiful garden with amazing panoramic views over the city, river and hills surrounding the city, the Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, with cosy restaurants and romantic paths along the river. It’s truly unique.”
One of Jana’s most memorable moments travelling was when she was taking a cable-car up to the top of Alpspitze from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Bavaria, Germany.
“The weather had turned before we arrived at the top and the cold, heavy rain had forced us to take shelter in a typical Bavarian Alpine eatery,” she recounts.
“It was summer, so I was dressed accordingly, with simple runners, a thin sweatshirt and only a backpack with water and an umbrella. Great for the city, however I soon felt out of place among the avid hikers, fully equipped with Alpine poles, waterproof vests and jackets, and mountain boots, ready for any challenge.
“Nevertheless, we pushed on, taking in the beautiful snow-capped landscape, fresh air and rock pools. The sun began to shine through the rolling clouds as we progressed down the mountain side. All memories of the bad weather had been left behind and the only remaining evidence are my sneakers, which were completely destroyed, and my stunning panoramic photos.”